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Exxon Mobil Says Rising Gasoline Prices Should Boost Earnings

Exxon Mobil sees higher gas prices boosting earnings by $700 million to $1.1 billion in the fourth quarter from the third quarter.
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Exxon Mobil  (XOM) - Get Exxon Mobil Corporation Report said Thursday that it anticipates higher gasoline prices will boost its earnings by $700 million to $1.1 billion in the fourth quarter from the third quarter.

An increase in natural gas liquids prices should tack on another $400 million to $800 million, the energy titan wrote in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Changes in chemical margins will subtract $600 million to $800 million from earnings, changes in unsettled derivatives will add $500 million to $1.1 billion, and changes in downstream refining margins will have a neutral to negative $200 million impact, Exxon said.

The stock recently traded at $61.08, up 0.47%.

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